Album Review

Koray, Erkin – “Mechul” – [Sublime Frequencies]

surferrosa   11/8/2011   A Library, CD

Erkin Koray is considered to be the father of Turkish psych/rock and one of the first to merge western rock stylings with traditional Turkish music. The music here was all recorded in mid 70s Istanbul, and showcases the best of both arabic and western sounds. Lots of wha-wha, soulful energetic vocals, and plenty of fuzz drenched melodies and guitar solos. The styles here range from straight powerful 70s rock, to catchier acoustic sounds, to more traditional middle eastern echoes. Check out tracks #5 and #10 for some really nice turkish-style stringwork. Try tracks #1, 2 or 6 for some good ‘ol fuzzed out rock. This album kicks. -Surfer Rosa

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